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New Samsung S5 - what apps do you recommend?

Discussion in 'Electronic Devices' started by BigNug45, Apr 14, 2014.

  1. BigNug45

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    Hi All

    Just picked up a new Samsung S5 - I am really liking it so far but wanted to check with the group to see if you have any recommended apps that I should download and install. I have most of the basics on there but am looking for input.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. CoreyM60

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    Well I have an s4 but the assistive light and Tapatalk are the two I use the most! Assuming you already have Tapatalk for the forum, the light is a good one and does come in handy! :p

    Sent from my SGH-I337M using Tapatalk
     
  3. A144
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    Being EDC Forum, and knowing how much stuff we all buy, I highly recommend Package Buddy for all your package tracking needs. It's simple, intuitive, and does exactly what it says. It's great to see everything from all different carriers all in one place.

    My phone is my music player on the go. I use Google Play music synced to my iTunes with 4000+ songs. (GP Music lets you store 20k songs for free). My HTC One M8 takes up to a 128GB Micro SDXC card, so I could fit all 24gb of music on it, but Play Music is just more convenient. I also stream music from iHeartRadio, Slacker Radio, and Spotify.

    Don't know if you have wifi tethering plan from your carrier, but if you don't I highly recommend FoxFi. It does not require root like most 3rd party tether apps. It allows you to bypass the carrier and turn on the wifi hotspot on your phone without being charged. Some carriers have blocked this app from working in Android 4.4 KitKat (cough, cough, Verizon). However, they have combined with PDAnet to allow Bluetooth and USB tethering as well through the same app. There's a free trial of like 250mb of data and an unlimited version is available for like $8 (may have increased since I purchased it). However, if you have wifi tethering through your plan, this is moot.
     
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  4. cowsmilk

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    Ugh! The M8 has a microsdxc slot?!? Crap!
    My M7 does not.
     
  5. A144
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    hahaha, yep. I've got a 64gb card in there I bought on Amazon when they were on sale and I was still planning on buying a tablet.
     
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    cowsmilk EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    No fair!
     
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    Accuweather+ is worth the 99 cents just to get rid the ads. Then Tapatalk, Pandora, and iHeartRadio. And I also turn off most of the notifications, or it'll drive you nuts blinking and beeping every ten seconds. I'll give my old iPhones this, too. On them you could go to one spot in Settings and handle all the notifications, banners, etc. On Android it's a per app setting.
     
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    If you are rooted there is an app called notifications off that lets you manage them all in one place.

    Sent from my SCH-I605 using Tapatalk
     
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    Clockr has a great time widget for your home screen. Showbox, which is not available in the play store will allow you to watch free movies and tv shows. theChive app is also lots of fun. Soundhound for when you can't think of the name of a song. Also tTorrent if you ever download torrents. Photobucket. Also if you ever shop at target they've got an app Cartwheel that's sweet for getting extra money off.

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    Awesome! No more tracking packages from 20,000 different apps... ok... 3... but still, thanks!


    Sent from my SCH-I535 using Tapatalk
     
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    If you're interested in customizing your icons or general look I'd suggest NovaLauncher! Not horribly confusing to use and allows for a lot of modifications.
     
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    Evernote, backcountry navigator, xposed framework with wanam exposed (lots of touchwiz hacks) and xprivacy (requires root for the xposed framework), chrome, play newsstand, x-plore, smart remote, tasker
     
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    I tend to use my phone as a relief during work, so Poweramp for my personal music is a must. Redbox and Great Clips for those times I need either a movie or to get my hair cut (although that's happening farther and farther between it feels like!). MX Player Pro for my videos--I love that I can finger swipe the volume and it plays :censored: near everything I can throw at it. One very useful one--if you use dropbox--is an app called Dropsync. It uploads photos to my dropbox account when I take them and allows for other easy updates without having to plug in the phone. That one is probably the most useful app I've downloaded in a long while.
     
  14. Dr Jekell
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    Finally got a chance to look at my app list:

    - 920 Text editor (Qooyee)
    Great app for reading & creating text files, small & lightweight but still quite powerful.

    - Adobe Reader (Adobe Systems)
    Just a bog standard PDF reader.

    - Battery Widget (Elvision)
    Gives you a widget showing battery life and can also give you battery health information.

    - ES File Explorer (ES App Group)
    Basically one of the best file explorer apps available for free.

    - Feedly (Feedly Team)
    A very nice RSS reader, makes it easy to keep up with the numerous (60+) blogs, comics, Imgur Groups, websites, Youtube channels and new products from retailers that I follow.

    - Firefox (Mozilla)
    Don't like Chrome (default browser), Dolphin Browser, or Opera (keeps crashing). Works well and does what I want.

    - Gnotes (Appest Inc)
    A free paired down version of Ever-note that does not require payment to enable cross device syncing and also has web access.

    Great for organizing large notes and lists.

    - Google Keep (Google Inc)
    Good for making shopping lists, reminders and notes.

    - Kingsoft Office (Kingsoft Office Software Corporation Limited)
    A free, fully featured Office all, will work with Doc's, Xls, PPT, PDF, Txt and more.

    Also works with Google drive, Drop box, Box, etc.

    - Quick Pic (Alensw)
    The best image viewer ever, and it's free.

    - RealCalc (Quartic Software)
    A very nice scientific calculator app, can also convert between different units of measurements.

    - Smooth Calender (Carl Cedergreen)
    Gives you a versatile small widget that shows upcoming calender events.

    - TED (TED Conferences)
    TED Talks viewer, also allows you to bookmark &/or download videos to watch later.

    - Twitch For Player (AAS Studios)
    Allows you to watch Twitch video streams


    Plus a couple of apps specific to NZ &/or it's businesses.
     
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    Android 4.2 (I think) & above has Wifi, Bluetooth & USB tethering built in, so you should not need an app to do so.

    I know the Samsung GS4 has it.

    But then again I do know that some of the Cellphone companies in the USA decide to disallow tethering so they disable that feature.
     
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    Yep, I'm on Verizon and they don't allow those of us still on an unlimited data plan to use the data we already pay for to WiFi tether...

    Sent from my HTC One M8 via Tapatalk.
     
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    Is there anything similar to iPhone reminders for the S5?
     
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    Well these are the apps that I used on my Note 3 and now on my GS5

    * Aldiko Premium - eBook reader
    * Instagram - EDC related use for me (theedczone)
    * Flickr - EDC related use for me (theedczone)
    * Tapatalk - EDC Forum
    * Clean Master - Clean Cache files and boost memory
    * Firefox
    * Flipboard
    * ES File Explorer - I use this to access my WD 1T Hard-drive I have connected to my NetGear Router
    * Beautiful Widgets - Great
    * Twitter
    * Facebook

    I also use a lot of the Samsung apps that are pre-installed like

    * Navigon
    * Gear Manager
    * Gear Fit Manager
    * Music Hub - I have a 12mth Premium account
    * ChatON
    * DropBox - We get 50GB free here in Australia if we have a Samsung device.

    I have some local Australian apps that I use

    * Pocket Weather
    * Westpac Bank
    * Footy Live
     
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    Google Sky Map
    Back Country Navigator
    Torque (requires a cheap bluetooth ODBII dongle for your car)
    Smart IR Remote (much more compatibility than WatchOn has )
    X-Plore
    Evernote
    Dropbox
    Weatherbug
    Google Now
    MX player
    Aldiko
    Tasker
    Trigger (you need to pick up some NFC tags to use this, but they're cheap too) I keep one on my my key chain. I swipe my awake phone across it and it toggles wifi, bluetooth and gps. So when I leave the house with the phone's wifi on, the swipe turns off wifi, turns on Bluetooth to link to my truck for hands free, and turns on the GPS if I need it. When I get out of the truck at work or back home, the swipe turns on the wifi, turns off bluetooth and GPS. You can set up lots more including actions to Tasker.


    If you're Rooted/ROMmed:
    Goo.im
    Titanium Backup
    Xposed Framework (the Wanam module includes lots of good touchwiz tweaks and controls)
    Adblock Plus
    Droidwall
     
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    My Tracks maps your hikes, runs or walks and gives you complete stats, for speed and distance.
    GasBuddy will help find the lowest fuel prices.
    Podbay provides access to all sorts of special interest podcast.
    NetWork Signal is useful for analysing cell phone signals
    WebMD has great health information.
    Accuweather for you know what.

    Others have mentioned many useful apps. Your app needs may vary, but that is what makes all the apps out in the world an interesting place.
    I for one, am thankful for Tapatalk!